Han River Ballad

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Han River Ballad
Kim Hye Soo as Yoon Ga-young & Kim Suk Hoon as Lee Joon-ha


  • Title: 한강수타령 / Han-kang-soo Ta-ryeong
  • Also known as: Ode to the Han River / The Ballad of Han River / A Song of Han River
  • Genre: Romance, family life
  • Episodes: 51
  • Broadcast network: MBC
  • Broadcast period: 2004-Oct-02 to 2005-Mar-27
  • Air time: Saturday & Sunday 19:55


MBC TV's weekend drama, "Song of the Han River" is a story of life and love involving a vibrant middle-aged woman, her two daughters, a niece, a nephew, and a cast of other characters surrounding them. The woman, named Kim Young-hee (Go Doo Shim), is a widow who sells fish to support her family. Through their often turbulent lives, we are able to experience the difficulties of a not uncommon family and the persistence of the love its members have for one another. "Song of the Han River" is a warm but enervating story of ordinary people dealing with the normal difficulties of life.

To bring about a sort of renaissance in MBC's weekend drama offerings, "Song of the Han River" ambitiously reunited the team of Kim Jeong-su and Choi Jong-su from the popular MBC drama "You and I" for the first time in 6 years. Planning and preparations for this new presentation were undertaken from May 2004, and the target audience ranged from those in their early 30s to those in their 50s.

Director Choi Jong-su revealed that his intention was to create a drama dealing with a variety of characters. "Song of the Han River" also portrayed the linkage between the past and present by making use of the Han River as a central theme. Throughout its entire length, this drama portrayed a range of Korean emotions and sentiment, and particular care was taken in casting so as to attract young viewers in addition to the targeted middle-age group. The title comes from the eponymous theme song, "Song of the Han River," originally a folk song that has been re-cut with an upbeat modern feel by the group The Bubble Sisters. Work was done to connect the mood of the song's original version with the drama's overall feel.

Source: MBC Global Media

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